The SCB Oceania Section hosts regional conferences every two years, with the conference location rotating between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Our next regional conference will be held in Australia in 2022. We anticipate hosting an Oceania congress in New Zealand in 2024, and hope to host the International Congress for Conservation Biology in our region in 2025.

About our conferences

Our conferences bring together the community of conservation professionals from across our region to address conservation challenges and present new findings, initiatives, methods, tools and opportunities in conservation science and practice. We invite scientists, students, managers, decision-makers, writers, and other conservation professionals to participate.

Whilst our conferences are typically smaller than ICCB’s, we pride ourselves on having a fun and friendly atmosphere, with plenty of opportunities to network and socialise with your colleagues. Travel awards are available to support students and participants from developing countries.

Our conferences feature: plenary speakers; symposia; poster sessions; workshops and short courses (past topics have included: Understanding and engaging with conservation policy; R programming for conservation scientists, Introduction to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Natural Resource Management and Invasive Species Target Detection; How to give a great conference presentation; social events (including welcome mixers, conference dinners, early morning bird walks and evening sessions open to the public); and of course, field trips!

We are committed to hosting sustainable events that minimise our environmental impact, and have a sustainability policy in place for our conferences, which includes waste reduction, ethical & sustainable food options, and the option for attendees to make a carbon and biodiversity offset donation.

Past SCBO Conferences

Our regional conferences are held in the off years between SCB’s International Congress for Conservation Biology.

2018Wellington, New Zealand “Conservation in a changing world” #SCBO2018
2016Brisbane, QLD Australia “Bridging Divides: Science meets action, water meets land” #SCBO2016
2014Suva, Fiji “Resilient Island Ecosystems and Communities” #SCBO2014
2012 – Darwin, NT Australia “People and Conservation in Land and Sea Country”
2011 –  Auckland, New Zealand “Engaging Society in Conservation” (ICCB co-hosted with SCB global)
2007 – Sydney, NSW Australia “The Biodiversity Extinction Crisis: An Australasian and Pacific Response”